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Hugh MacDiarmid- A Portrait

Margaret Tait
1964
9 mins b/w 16mm

Hugh MacDiarmid- A Portrait

Tait's affectionate portrait of Scotland's great poet

'An original kind of tribute' is what George Mackay Brown called Tait's 1964 documentary about one of Scotland's greatest poets; Hugh MacDiarmid.

"A study of the poet, who was seventy-one at the time. There is straightforward material, of him in his own home, and, in addition to speaking his own poems, the poet gracefully enacts the filmmaker's interpretation of them. The poems heard are 'You know who I am', 'Somersault', 'Krang' and some lines out of 'The Kind of Poetry I want'. The music is Francis George Scott's setting of MacDiarmid's 'The Eemis Stane', sung by Duncan Robertson accompanied on the piano by Olive Ogston." - Margaret Tait

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